Sunday, April 3, 2011

Issa Presses BATFE For 'Gunrunner' Information

BATFE facilitated sale of firearms to Mexican drug cartels.

The Politico's Jake Sherman reports today that, "The Obama administration was surprised to receive a subpoena from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as part of an investigation into a program to track U.S. guns sold in Mexico, considering they had agreed to cooperate, a senior Justice Department official wrote to the committee’s chairman.

Hillary Mum:

"Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the top investigative committee in Congress, subpoenaed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for documents related to Operation Gunrunner, which traces weapons sold by American dealers to drug cartels in Mexico.

"The Justice Department, though, is in the midst of several Operation Gunrunner investigations of its own, making it difficult for the agency to supply information to the committee. One investigation deals with the illegal sale of arms in Mexico. Another deals with an agent who was killed."

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